The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is set to approve the county 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. The $337 million spending plan includes a significant increase in the county property tax rate. David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about the budget.
The flow of public money for candidates running for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the State Supreme court is coming to an end. The state budget that the Republican controlled General Assembly is expected to approve eliminates funding for the judicial candidates. David Hurand spoke with the Executive Director of the Institute for Southern Studies, which publishes Facing South and Southern Exposure, Chris Kromm about the demise of public financing of judicial races.
Asheville City Council has made it clear it will not drop the city's legal challenge of a state law that transfers control of the Asheville Water System to the Metropolitan Sewerage Distrct and a Regional Authority. David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress Senior News Reporter David Forbes about the will of council and a recent email exchange between members of the local delegation to the General Assembly and Mayor Terry Bellamy.
It has been a couple of weeks since the North Carolina Senate sent its' version of a new state budget to the house. While many lawmakers have focused much of their attention on the budget and proposals to overhaul the state tax system, Republican members of the General Assembly from Buncombe County have been busy introducing bills that directly effect local government. David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter Mark Barrett bout the unusual number of bills that hit close to home...
Governor Pat McCrory has reversed course and now says he no longer supports cutting by half state support for the High Point Furniture Market. David Hurand speaks with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson.